AT&T settles EEOC nationwide age bias lawsuit

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:25 PM
AT&T settles EEOC nationwide age bias lawsuit

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc has settled a nationwide lawsuit by an agency accusing it of age discrimination for refusing to rehire workers who retired from the largest phone company.

The three-year consent decree resolves a lawsuit filed in August 2009 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The commission accused Dallas-based AT&T of having no legitimate reason for its policy not to rehire workers who retired under various retirement and severance programs, a number it estimated as exceeding 50,000.

The decree requires AT&T to consider rehiring workers who left under two retirement programs in effect between 1998 and 2001, and one related to SBC Communications Inc's purchase of the former AT&T Corp, which created the current company.

A copy of the decree was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York. Editing by Robert MacMillan)